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Friday, December 14, 2018

CAREGIVERS’ STORIES SOUGHT FOR THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE

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Photo caption: Actors from Premiere Stages at Kean University and Writers Theatre of New Jersey perform a public staged reading as part of the Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers Stories program

Morristown, NJ – For the fourth consecutive year, New Jersey Theatre Alliance (“the Alliance”) is inviting professional and family caregivers to submit their personal stories for a theatrical production as part of the Healing Voices OnStage: Caregivers Stories program.

“We have found that this program is a wonderful healing opportunity for individuals to freely express their feelings about their caregiving experience in an artistic manner,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance.

Produced in partnership with Writers Theatre of New Jersey (Madison), Premiere Stages at Kean University (Union), The Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey (Netcong), and George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick), Caregivers Stories will culminate with three professional presentations of selected works woven together as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, an annual event that offers dozens of free and low-cost theatre events in various venues across the state.

Creative prose, poetry, and theatrical monologues are welcome and should reflect the theme of caregiving or the personal healing experience. All four theatres will conduct workshops to assist those writers selected, in the development of their pieces. The completed monologues will then be read by professional actors on March 26, 27 and April 12 at one of the theatres. For program guidelines and to submit your piece by January 15, 2019, visit: bit.ly/HealingVoices2019 or call the Alliance at 973.731.6582 ext. 14.

The Healing Voices program is made possible through a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For information on Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, please visit www.midatlanticarts.org . Additional support has been provided by Atlantic Health System.

About New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance is the first statewide organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that unite, promote, strengthen, and cultivate professional theatre in New Jersey for its 33 member theatres. The Stages Festival is made possible in part by funding from Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; The F.M. Kirby Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust Foundation, and New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Additional support for New Jersey Theatre Alliance is provided by individuals, corporations, and foundations including The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Shubert Foundation. 

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation was established in 1979 to promote and support multi-state arts programming in a region that includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. Over the last 35 years, the Foundation has expanded its reach to include national and international initiatives. The Foundation’s work is focused on performing arts touring, jazz, independent film, support for individual artists, and international cultural exchange.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Winter Festival

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Daniil Trifonov, Musical America’s 2019 Artist of the Year, performs Schumann’s Piano Concerto in his NJSO debut, January 25–27, in the final program of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s 2019 Winter Festival, “Music Speaks.” Music Director Xian Zhang conducts the program, which also features Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra and the NJSO premiere of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy.

Performances take place on January 25 at 8 pm at NJPAC in Newark, January 26 at 8 pm at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick and January 20 at 3 pm at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.

Zhang says: “I worked with Daniil in Italy, and the phenomenal sound he produced at the piano blew me away. I’m very happy that he is joining the NJSO to play the Schumann concerto.”

NJSO Accent events include a pre-concert performance by dancer Maurice Chestnut and poet Kurtis Lamkin on January 25 and a prelude performance by the Anne Lieberson Ensemble from the NJSO Youth Orchestras on January 26. More information on NJSO Accent events is available at njsymphony.org/accents.

The Orchestra’s signature artistic event, the Winter Festival takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues. Zhang conducts programs with music inspired by poetry, stories and myths. The festival’s first weekend features pianist Emanuel Ax in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 (January 10–13); the second features soprano Dawn Upshaw in Maria Schneider’s Winter Morning Walks and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (January 18–20).

Concert tickets start at $20 and are available for purchase at njsymphony.org or 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).

For more information on the Winter Festival and related events, visit njsymphony.org/winterfestival.

WINTER FESTIVAL WEEK III: Daniil Trifonov & Xian Zhang

Fri, Jan 25, at 8 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Sat, Jan 26, at 8 pm | State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick

Sun, Jan 27, at 3 pm | Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown

Xian Zhang, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, piano

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra

SCHUMANN Piano Concerto

SCRIABIN Poem of Ecstasy (NJSO Premiere)

NJSO ACCENTS

Poetry in Motion – Fri, Jan 25, at 7 pm
A fusion of movement, music and spoken word: dancer Maurice Chestnut and poet Kurtis Lamkin entertain in the lobby before the performance.

Prelude Performance – Sat, Jan 26, at 7:15 pm
Come early and hear the extraordinary Anne Lieberson Ensemble from the NJSO Youth Orchestras in a special performance in the Heldrich Room.

Additional concert information and artist bios are available at njsymphony.org/trifonov.

2019 NJSO Winter Festival: ‘Music Speaks’

A trio of renowned guest artists with distinct musical voices—pianists Emanuel Ax and Daniil Trifonov and soprano Dawn Upshaw—headline the NJSO’s Winter Festival, “Music Speaks,” in January 2019. The Orchestra’s signature artistic event takes place across three weekends, January 10–27, in six New Jersey venues.

Week I: Emanuel Ax & Xian Zhang

Jan 10–13 in Englewood, Newark and New Brunswick

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Week II: Dawn Upshaw & Xian Zhang

Jan 18–20 in Princeton, Red Bank and Newark

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Week III: Daniil Trifonov & Xian Zhang

Jan 25–27 in Newark, New Brunswick and Morristown

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NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People; NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles, led by José Luis Domínguez; and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide through the NJSO Community Partners program.

For more information about the NJSO, visit njsymphony.org or email information@njsymphony.org. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the Orchestra’s website.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pixie Dust Players Presents Home for the Holidays at UCPAC

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RAHWAY, NJ – To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Pixie Dust Players, Union County Performing Arts Center is happy to present Home for the Holidays on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7:30pm. The event consists of a gala and a benefit concert featuring over 150 performers and music from 24 different shows, all from the past ten years of Pixie Dust Productions. Prior to the concert, there will be a gala with light fare, a magician, and more. Not only is this a fundraiser for UCPAC’s Youth Programming, but also a celebration supporting the continuance of this exciting partnership.

Pixie Dust Players was founded in 2007 by 12 year old Lindsay Maron. What began as a small troupe of young teens touring to nursing homes, children’s hospitals, and special education schools, soon became a full-fledged production company. Since 2008, Pixie Dust has produced 50+ productions including several world premieres and pilot productions.

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Offering a wide variety of programs and productions for a large age range and differing experience levels, Pixie Dust strives to provide high quality theatrical opportunities for youth, teens, and young adults to allow them to be touched by the true magic of theatre, whether through performing, working backstage, or discovering new talents within the field. Pixie Dust also continues to fulfill the original mission of bringing the magic of theatre to as many people as possible by touring productions to outreach locations. Most recently, Pixie Dust has begun offering shows to schools as field trips or assembly programs. After taking residence at UCPAC in 2017, Pixie Dust has grown exponentially producing 10+ musicals a year and introducing incredibly exciting and groundbreaking titles. On December 21, we look forward to celebrating our history and looking ahead at what’s to come!

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Tickets that include both the gala and concert can be purchased for $35, and tickets for the concert only (not including the gala) for $22 at www.ucpac.org/events, in person in the Box Office, or by calling 732.499.8226. The Box Office can be reached via email at boxoffice@ucpac.org. The Union County Performing Arts Center is located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway, NJ and is easily accessible to major roads and public transportation.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review: Delightful ‘A Christmas Carol’ Returns to Chatham Playhouse


By Ruth Ross

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Let’s do the numbers: Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol 175 years ago. The Chatham Players are celebrating their 97th season. The troupe has performed the Philip William McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer musical version of Dickens’ classic Christmas/ghost story for 30 years—the first 10 annually, the next 20 biannually. Thirteen members of this year’s large cast have performed in A Christmas Carol before—one in the very first. And this is the tenth time I have reviewed the production.

Nevertheless, the Chatham Players’ version of this old chestnut is one of the pleasures of the holiday season. Oh, the actors may change, the set might be a bit different and the levels of talent may vary, but the present production preserves the Tale’s haunted atmosphere complete with four ghosts, comments about gross materialism, scenes of abject poverty and the general nastiness of Victorian London, making the tale feel unfortunately appropriate for the 21st century.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing and suitUsing Dickens’ own words and those of the tale, McKinley and Buhrer have fashioned a tale for the ages. Chip Prestera and Alan Semok return as Charles Dickens and Ebenezer Scrooge, respectively, in performances so fresh as to make us think this is the first time they’ve played the roles. Prestera’s avuncular Dickens steadily guides the story of the haunted miser along, drawing connections between his work of fiction and his own life—and sometimes inserting himself into the action. Semok’s twisted face (left) conveys the close-minded penury of Scrooge as he grimaces and frowns; he’s so disagreeable that his conversion at the end, when he kicks up his heels with glee at discovering his love of humankind, is all the sweeter. He’s especially nasty as he contemplates “The Jingle of Money” in his strongbox, fingering the coins and letting them drop just to hear the lovely sound.

Image may contain: 2 people, people standingThe 25-member cast consists of actors of all ages. Christina Eliades (right) is magical as the Ghost of Christmas Past, sprinkling fairy dust and using her lovely voice to lead Scrooge through his sad and difficult past. As the Ghost of Christmas Present, Will Carey is so hearty and bountiful that he shames Scrooge into feeling bad at witnessing the Cratchits’ pitiful holiday feast. And Luke Williams as the Ghost of Christmas Future is scary and imposing—even though he he speaks nary a word.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and shoesJoëlle Bochner is a kind, long-suffering Mrs. Dickens; Jody Ebert an appropriately spectral Marley, whose exhortation to Scrooge to change his ways sets the entire haunting into action; Ken Magos a grasping undertaker; Adelaide Prekopa a winsome Belle, Scrooge’s ex-fiancée; Michael Barthel Scrooge’s eternally upbeat nephew Fred; Scott Baird earnest Bob Cratchit (left, with Zoe Davies, Owen Finnerty and Parker Ebert); and Michelle Finnerty his loving spouse. The latter two break hearts singing “If I Could Hold You in My Arms,” lamenting the death of Tiny Tim (played with poise by young Owen Finnerty—a chip off the old block of his talented mother).

Image may contain: 8 people, people smiling, people standing and weddingRounding out the principals are Howard Fischer and Andrea Thibodeau as Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig (right), the very embodiments of the Christmas Spirit who ebulliently exhort the partygoers to “Dance with Your Dumpling.” Leslie Gayle Williams, Will Carey and Andrea Thibodeau join Magos to salivate over the belongings they’ve pilfered from the departed Scrooge.

Once again, Jeffrey Fiorello firmly maintains the performance’s stead as he moves many bodies around a small space fluidly and without any collisions. Jack Bender’s orchestra supply able accompaniment to singers without overpowering the smaller voices of the little ones. Roy Pancirov’s set design evokes a mid-nineteenth century London street scene, with mullioned windows and stone facades, Richard Hennessy’s lighting adds atmosphere and Frances Harrison’s lavish costumes really give a sense of time and place.

Image may contain: 6 people, people on stage and weddingDickens wrote A Christmas Carol more as a ghost story and social criticism than as a holiday entertainment; he meant it to serve as a warning to the citizenry of Industrial Revolution England that they should not forget the poor and downtrodden in their quest for money. This means that there are some scary events and effects that might frighten very young children but would exhilarate those age eight and up who often love to be scared. (Above: Alexia Davies, Michelle Finnerty, Parker Ebert, Owen Finnerty, Zoe Davies and Scott Baird; back: Will Carey and Alan Semok)

Image may contain: 4 people, people smilingFor this 30th anniversary production, the Chatham Players haven’t been as niggardly as Scrooge. Artistically and creatively, they present a production as fresh as the first one I saw in 2000. It’s a real theatrical bonbon perfect for the Christmas holidays. So, if you’ve never seen this show—even if you’ve gone numerous times—call the box office for tickets before they’re sold out! (Right) Magos, Williams, Carey and Thibodeau)

A Christmas Carol will be performed by the Chatham Players at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Avenue, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. through December 23. For information and tickets call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or visit www.chathamplayers.org online.

Return of the three Tenors at NJ Festival Orchestra

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Kick off the holiday season with a bang and plenty of bling and join us for our family festival of traditional carols, a host of wintertime curiosities and a dazzling selection of renowned tenor classics that are sure to delight!

“We are thrilled to welcome The Three Holiday Tenors – each more talented than the next – to help us celebrate the Holiday season,” said Maestro David Wroe.

There is something for everyone….our concert is a vessel for children, parents, grandparents and friends – indeed the entire community – to come together through music at this unique time of the year.”

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Holiday Cheer with the Black River Singers

By The Black River Singers
Directed by Clifford H. Parrish

WHEN: December 15th, 8 PM – December 16th, 2 PM
WHERE:
Black River Playhouse, 54 Grove Street, at the corner of Maple Ave., in Chester, NJ
TICKETS: $15.00
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Get into the spirit of the season with this light-hearted evening of songs and stories bound to fill even the crabbiest scrooge with the warmth and joy of the holidays.

featuring

MONIQUE BOSROCK ~ JASON CILENTO ~ MATT COTTON ~ JEFFREY DOPSON ~ BETH AMIANO GLEASON ~ GAYLE HENDRIX ~ MARIA HLADCZUK ~ KATHRYN DAVIS KELLS ~ PHILIP LAMOUREUX ~ BETH LOHNER ~ BOB LONGSTREET ~ JODI MALOY ~ RICHARD MALOY ~ CLAUDIA METZ ~ CHRIS MORTENSON ~ LORI QUANN ~ THOMAS RODGERS ~ ROSEANN RUGGIERO ~ HANNAH SCHROEDER ~ NANCY WATSON

Art Show in Madison-Sidewalk Gallery

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One Act Comedy Festival at The Company in Hackensack

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Alliance Rep Encore Benefit at Mondo

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WHEN: 2 Encore BENEFIT performances! December 14 & 15 @ 8:00 pm
WHERE:
MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit
PLEASE support Alliance Repertory Theatre with this important FUNDRAISER.

For reservations, call 908-472-1502 or visit www.alliancerep.org.

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At Rachel’s New Year's Eve party, most of the guests are in the kitchen admiring photos of their babies. In the other room, two lonely strangers find themselves cut off from the rest. Jane (Lilli Marques) was invited because she knows the people in the kitchen. Tim (Brendan Scullin) was invited because he painted the kitchen. The pair spend a drunken night together and a few weeks later she calls him with some unexpected news. Witness their unlikely relationship develop in Alliance Repertory Theatre’s production of The Good Father.

Director Michael Driscoll calls The Good Father “a voyage of discovery that will take the audience through many emotions that are both identifiable and unmistakably human.  These two talented actors bring the complex characters to life beautifully.”

NJ Rep to present world premiere of E.M. Lewis’ Apple Season

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LONG BRANCH, NJ – New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is proud to present the world premiere of E.M. Lewis’ Apple Season from January 10 - February 10, 2019.

Twenty years ago, Lissie and Roger fled from their family farm and made themselves disappear. But the family secrets haunt them still.  A funeral and a question from an old friend send the two siblings tumbling down a rabbit hole of memory and grief, as they try to let go of a tangled past that refuses to release them.
Under the direction of Zoya Kachadurian, Apple Season stars Kersti Bryan (Lissie), Richard Kent Green (Roger), and Christopher M. Smith (Billy).

Apple Season  runs January 10 thru February 10, 2018. Previews are Thursday and Friday, January 10 and 11 at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, January 12 at 3:00 PM.
A special talk-back with the playwright and director will be held after the first preview, Thursday, January 10.
Opening night with reception is Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 PM.
Regular performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM; Saturdays at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sundays at 2:00 PM.
Tickets are $50 (opening night with reception, $60; premium seating + $5). All tickets may be subject to a service charge. Annual subscriptions are $225 per person. For tickets or additional information call 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org.

E.M. Lewis Playwright: is an award - winning playwright, teacher, and opera librettist.  Her work has been produced around the world, and is published by Samuel French. 
Plays include: Magellanica, The Gun Show, Song of Extinction, True Story, and You Can See All the Stars
Awards include: Steinberg Award and Primus Prize from the American Theater Critics Association, Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, playwriting fellowship from NJ State Arts Commission, 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama, Edgerton Award.
Member: Dramatists Guild. Lewis lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.

Kersti Bryan, Richard Kent Green, and Christopher M. Smith 


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January Thaw Music Festival at Centenary Stage Company

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Centenary Stage Company’s annual January Thaw Music Festival heats things up through the month of January with three exciting musical guests in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. The festival features Michael Davis and the New Wonder on Saturday, January 12 at 8PM; the Harry James Orchestra on Sunday, January 20 at 2PM; and finally Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper on Saturday, January 26 at 8PM. All performances will be held in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.

Kicking off the January Thaw Music Festival on Saturday, January 12 at 8PM is Michael Davis and the New Wonders (photo). At twenty-six years old, "eloquent trumpet prodigy" Mike Davis (Wall Street Journal) has a voice beyond his years on his instrument. His playing is imbued with the sounds of prohibition-era speakeasies, Hoovervilles of the depression, and glittering jazz palaces of the swing era, creating a timeless cocktail of American music. This is classic jazz from the 1920s and 30s, authentically performed by a New York group inspired by Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, and the California Ramblers. Tickets for Michael Davis and the New Wonders on Saturday, January 12 at 8PM are $22.50 for all seats in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special programs ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the event.

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The January Thaw Music Festival continues on Sunday, January 20 at 2PM with the Harry James Orchestra. Since 1983, The Harry James Orchestra has continued the tradition of mellow arrangements and fine rhythmic playing that first made it famous, and is now under the direction of Harry James' lead trumpet virtuoso, Fred Radke. The Harry James Orchestra plays in the major venues of the United States, including many re-engagements in Las Vegas and Disneyland and tours extensively throughout the world. Tickets for the Harry James Orchestra are $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for children under 12 in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special programs ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the event.

Finally, the January Thaw Music Festival wraps up with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper on Saturday, January 26 at 8PM. Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars at the IBMA's award show. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanely, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Player of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Together with his band Flamekeeper, Cleveland delivers “some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find”. Tickets for Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper are $27.50 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 in advance. As with all concerts, jazz and special programs ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of the event .For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every event. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A CHRISTMAS CAROL "Shines Once More" at Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
"Shines Once More"
30th Anniversary Production
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A Christmas Carol

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Ruth Ross writes "Christmas Carol Shines Once More" and is "one of the pleasures of the holiday season."
Broadway World says "The Chatham Community Players does it again! Their production of A Christmas Carol is one that is not to be missed this holiday season."

A Christmas Carol

Come celebrate 30 years! The Chatham Community Players keeps their longstanding holiday tradition alive with the 30th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol opening Friday, December 7 and running until Sunday, December 23. Our production is an original musical version of the Tale, adapted from the Dickens text and Charles Dickens letters and journals, by Philip Wm. McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer. Returning to the Chatham Playhouse, Jeffrey Fiorello of Montclair directs the show, Jack Bender of Jersey City is the musical director and Samantha Hahn of Plainfield is the Choreographer.

In this version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper.
Visit ChathamPlayers.org for more information.

PERFORMANCE DATES

Fri Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm

Sat Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm

Sat Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

Sun Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm

Fri Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm

Sat Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm

Sat Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Sun Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm

Thu Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm

Fri Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm

Sat Dec 22 @ 3:00 pm

Sat Dec 22 @ 8:00 pm

Sun Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm

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Carol Channeling, Caroling starring Maggie Graham at WTC

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The Women’s Theater Company, a professional theater company in Parsippany, NJ, presents Carol Channeling, Caroling starring Maggie Graham with Music Direction by Seth Weinstein

Carol Channeling, Caroling: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Here is a holiday show of a different sort! Carol Channeling returns to the Parsippany Playhouse with her band of merry impersonations for 2 performances only. Ring in the spirit of the season with your favorite celebrities…dead or alive! www.carolchanneling.com

Carol Channeling, Caroling December 15 and 16 Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. To purchase tickets online please visit www.womenstheater.org or call

973 335 3038.

The Women’s Theater Company is located at the Parsippany Playhouse at 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ. For GPS driving directions, please enter the town of Boonton, 07005.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S THEATER COMPANY:

The Women’s Theater Company’s mission is to provide a fertile environment for the advancement of professional women theater artists and to provide quality theater for the community at large. Through their main stage, educational outreach, and new works development programs, the Women’s Theater Company supports the development of new women artists, promotes new works in the American theater, and provides entertaining and enriching productions for growing audiences. Women’s Theater Company is located at The Parsippany Playhouse, 1130 Knoll Road, Parsippany, NJ. For more information contact 973 335 3038, or email info@womenstheater.org.

The Women’s Theater Company is proud to be a member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance Funding for the Women’s Theater Company has been made possible in part by funds for the Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Art/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra first annual Chinese New Year Celebration at NJPAC

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The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents its first annual Chinese New Year Celebration on February 2 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The event includes an NJSO performance led by Music Director Xian Zhang, as well as pre-concert cultural festivities and a post-concert gala dinner.

Zhang says: “This season, the NJSO focuses on community, and our first Chinese New Year concert is a big part of that effort. Chinese New Year is an opportunity to deepen our connections not only with the Chinese community but also with the general public throughout the state, coming together to celebrate a very old tradition. It’s a great chance to showcase the talent we have in New Jersey, and I feel very pleased and satisfied that we can bring this opportunity to many families and audiences of all ages.”

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The 7:30 pm concert program blends Eastern and Western musical traditions, with NJSO premieres of Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture and Tan Dun’s The Triple Resurrection. Concertmaster Eric Wyrick, Principal Cello Jonathan Spitz and pianist Min Kwon take center stage for Tan Dun’s concerto. The Orchestra welcomes the Peking University Alumni Chorus, New York Festival Singers and Starry Arts Group Children’s Chorus for works including Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, the “Anvil Chorus” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore, “Jasmine Chorus” from Puccini’s Turandot and traditional Chinese songs. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company gives a special performance choreographed to the “Humming Chorus” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and the Edison Chinese School Lion Dance Team performs a traditional dragon dance. Actress Elena Kampouris hosts.

Special pre-concert festivities designed for the whole family include traditional Chinese music performers, calligraphy demonstrations, crafts and more, beginning at 6 pm in the Prudential Hall lobby.

Xian ZhangZhang says: “Audience members will see a pre-show in the lobby that will be just as amazing as the main concert. When you walk into the lobby, you will immediately experience the culture firsthand, with Chinese calligraphy, dancing and performances. When I first started to organize the program for Chinese New Year, I purposefully wanted to bring Eastern and Western music together. The event mixes dragon dances, traditional Chinese folk songs, modern music and very well-known Western opera excerpts. Musically, it will be very attractive for the audience, and visually, this concert will be very colorful and vibrant.”

Concert tickets start at $20 and include both the NJSO performance and pre-concert festivities. Gala event tickets include a post-concert dinner with Zhang and special guests.

Learn more at njsymphony.org/cny.

This concert and celebration are generously supported in part by an anonymous donor in honor of Music Director Xian Zhang.

CONCERT PROGRAM

Chinese New Year Celebration

Sat, Feb 2, at 7:30 pm | NJPAC in Newark

Xian Zhang, conductor

Eric Wyrick, violin

Jonathan Spitz, cello

Min Kwon, piano

Peking University Alumni Chorus

The New York Festival Singers

Starry Arts Group Children’s Chorus | Rebecca Shen, director

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company | Nai-Ni Chen, choreographer

Edison Chinese School Lion Dance Team

Elena Kampouris, host

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

TRADITIONAL Dragon Dance

LI HUANZHI Spring Festival Overture (NJSO Premiere)

TAN DUN The Triple Resurrection (NJSO Premiere)

VERDI “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore

TRADITIONAL CHINESE SONG (Arr. Nicholas Hersh) “Farewell”

BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy

PUCCINI “Humming Chorus” from Madama Butterfly

PUCCINI “Jasmine Chorus” from Turandot

TRADITIONAL CHINESE SONG (Arr. Nicholas Hersh) “Let’s Paddle Together”

TRADITIONAL CHINESE SONG “Gōng xǐ Gong xǐ”

Concert tickets start at $20 and include both the NJSO performance and pre-concert festivities. Learn more at njsymphony.org/cny.

GALA EVENT TICKETS

Jade VIP Dinner Ticket—$1,000
Admission for one to the pre-concert festival, champagne reception, concert and dinner seating. ($715 is tax-deductible)

Ruby Dinner Ticket—$500
Admission for one to the pre-concert festival, concert and dinner. ($265 is tax-deductible)

Sponsorship and dinner table packages ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 are also available. For more information, please contact Laura Bessey, NJSO Manager of Special Events, at Lbessey@njsymphony.org or 973.735.1729.

Full gala information is available at njsymphony.org/chinesenewyear.

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People; NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles, led by José Luis Domínguez; and El Sistema-inspired NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project). NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide through the NJSO Community Partners program.

For more information about the NJSO, visit njsymphony.org or email information@njsymphony.org. Tickets are available for purchase by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the Orchestra’s website.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s programs are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, along with many other foundations, corporations and individual donors.